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Discussion in 'Midwest' started by HammsMeASAP, Jun 25, 2017.
New thread time.
I'll wait a few weeks to try these guys out. Looking forward to it.
Why would you wait? Things are dialed right out of the gate.
Looks like I should have worded the title of my previous BT thread differently. God forbid we talk about a new brewery outside the new brewery thread! Be careful Karl is watching!
Went there Sunday, had all five (rain drops, java oats, key sublime, raining 3's, and batch 1). Not a huge fan of Berliner Weiss, but the wife thought that it was great. Said they were planning some variants on a base Berliner Weiss recipe. Maybe Batch 1 was a bit underwhelming compared to the other IPAs, but rain drops and raining 3's were great and amazing, respectively. The coffee was the highlight of the java oats, really fresh.
I was blown away the quality right out of the gate. The staff was awesome, kudos to everyone at BT, seems like a top-notch group.
So I'm looking at their hours, and it looks like they are open Thur-Sun, plus two hours before all Saints games.
I'm going to the Saints game on Wednesday. Game time is 7:00. Does that mean they will be open from 5:00 until 7:00, and then close for the night?
Just trying to figure out if I can "Post-game", or if I have to "Pre-game".
It's almost like they have someone watching this website or something.....
Barrel Theory Beer Company
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There are Saints home games this week and other special events. Here are our hours for the week:
Tues 6/27: 4-10pm
Wed 6/28: 5-10pm
Thu 6/29: 3-10pm
Fri 6/30: 3-10pm
Sat 7/1: 10am-10pm [open early for Member Society sign up]
Sun 7/2: Noon-5pm
Hope to see you soon. Cheers!
My birthday is coming up, I wish BT would throw a big party for me and all my friends with free beer and food...
Someone PM me when they post the details.
Was there opening night and it was packed. The Key Sublime berliner weiss was really good but not for everyone as some of my friends thought it was too sour, the Rain Drops IPA was tasty and the Raining 3s double IPA was probably my fav. My husband had the Java Oats which I was not a fan of because I don't like coffee but it he liked it so much he had 3 of them (and only them) that night and says it's one of his new favs.
All of my friends that came liked their beers as well.
Just returned from the pub. We left the Saints game in the 8th inning to make last call. Solid selection of beers as mentioned above, Rain Drops being my favorite. MPG convetted someone who hated beer to liking it - she drank my whole pour. Kudos
MPG is great, like a tart juicebox. Might be my favorite of the beers they've brewed so far. Sounding like there is a IIIPA and a tweaked version of batch 1 coming up quick.
Excited for that IIIPA and to try a new batch of batch 1. Any word on hops for the IIIPA?
I forget the hop bill.
Visited last night. The two Berliners were both fantastic. Slight nod to the key lime. Apparently we got the bottom of the barrel of the MPG. Server brought us over a free taster of the new keg when they tapped it... to get a truer sense of how it should taste.
Raindrops and Raining 3s were both good but not great. (Disclaimer- We were just at Toppling Goliath on Sat... So the bar is set pretty high)
Really impressed. Can't wait until they get some beer into some barrels.
Rain Drops and Raining Threes has the same hop bill of citra and mosaic with the exception of Raining Threes having Vic Secret hops added.
I tried all of their IPA's today. This place is the shit...you want to check them out! If that's too detailed for you...sorry.
The only minor hiccup was...
I saw that cooler full of growlers and got all excited. Turns out they were all empty, and only there to fill the space.
Alright, fess up. Who's in line?
Nearly everyone lined up is in "the crew".
Update on the line situation? Thanks!
I just got here and am #99. And looks like #100 just showed up...
Thanks for the heads up. Saved me a bunch of time today.
Does that include or not include the extra people that will magically show up but "were totally in line bruh"
Wow 100 at 545am, is that correct time of posting?
That is nuts. Everyone in line beat me out of bed and I had to work at 7. I visited the taproom this week and was impressed. I had the Raindrops, Raining 3s, MPG and Key Sublime. MPG was fruity, tart but very drinkable and the Raindrops was a juicy, hazy ipa that I would have filled a growler with if they were doing that yet.
So I actually did make the mistake of going. I was 102 and missed out. 100 got there at around 630. I was 645. The hand numbers were slightly off but a good idea.
St. Paul is a complete pain in the ass to navigate. Seriously though, I'll just wait until the hype dies down just a little bit.
I was there last week on Saturday right before the Saints game, it wasn't bad at all and cleared out as game time got closer. It's pretty easy to get there actually with a parking ramp a couple blocks away.
Maybe I'm just starting to feel too poor for the cities, but this is the reason I haven't gone yet. Paying $5+ for parking on top of the beer would basically make it an $11 pint of an IPA. If there was a parking lot, I would have been there a couple times by now.
This makes it a little better
Not to mention mileage, insurance, and gas! And then there's lost time at work. Don't even get me started about that. These crooks are essentially charging about 40 bucks per pint!
Barrel Theory is easy to get to because there are off ramps in both directions on 94 that pop you out within a block of the taproom. Meters are not enforced on Sundays. Otherwise, here is a map of the rates:
https://www.stpaul.gov/sites/default/files/Media Root/Public Works/DOWNTOWN RATES22x34.pdf
There is so much parking within Blocks of Barrel Theory and as @JakeJohnson said meters not enforced on Sunday. As Far as getting to and from i use Shepard Rd. i can get there or back to S Minneapolis in 15 minutes even during rush hour, to use Sibley from use Jackson St.
Other than construction Dwtn St Paul is a breeze for a city its size.
If you go to Barrel Theory, you’re probably going to have to pay for parking. If you go to most other taprooms, you probably aren’t going to have to pay for parking. That alone makes visiting Barrel Theory a more expensive excursion than visiting most other taprooms, all else being equal. I'm not sure why you're mocking the acknowledgment of that economic reality. Throw in the high prices at Barrel Theory (currently $6 for a pint of a standard beer and $7 for 10 oz. of a specialty beer), and it’s probably the most expensive taproom experience in the state. Going to Barrel Theory for a couple of beers probably is going to cost you at least several dollars more than most of its competitors once you factor in parking fees. That doesn’t necessarily mean somebody shouldn’t go, but it’s certainly rational to factor in those costs. It's up to Barrel Theory to brew good enough beers to convince consumers that the marginal cost is worth it.
They already have plus ad in the factor of CHS,MN Wild,Theater,Restaurants,outside music, other brewpubs, Museums ,Art ,Lowertown, .
For the love of God, it's in *downtown St. Paul* Are we all from rural North Dakota and unfamiliar with the concept of parking meters??
Additionally, $6 for a pint of a well done dry-hopped NE style IPA is *not* high
If you can't afford $0.75/hr metered parking, there is free street parking 2 blocks or so east of the brewery. Their parking situation is much better than North Loop, but obviously lags behind breweries with lots or free street parking directly in front of the taproom.
Are you listening Barrel Theory? There's much more money to be made in parts like Anoka or Farmington where the asphalt is plentiful and free rather than those crowded streets and foot traffic full of actual people passing by in downtown St. Paul.